Welcome to the Wuthering Heights read-a-long! We’re reading this book through September and October. You can see the reading schedule and guidelines on the Starting Post Page.
Week Eight: Read to The End
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I’m writing this remotely, from my phone! Therefore I don’t have the documents to update who’s reading, but will fix the list when I get home.
I LOOOOOOOOOVED this book. I am genuinely devastated that there are no other novels by Emily Bronte. I am also grieving that she is gone – and I’ll never meet her because I am slightly obsessed with her and have loads of questions I would like to ask. I am thinking of heading to England to walk the moors at night looking for her ghost to see if I could tempt her to tell me her secrets. Any takers?
I have so many things tagged from this week’s reading that I don’t know how I’ll ever sift through it to decide what to mention here.
The main point is that I really enjoyed this ending, and I’m ridiculously impressed with Emily Bronte’s ability to be not just gothic, but darkly passionate with purpose. Though I absolutely adore Jane Austen, I find myself really understanding Emily. Jane was sensibly romantic – Emily passionate.
My question, though, is where did this passion come from??? The longing that Emily (I’m using her first name here since there are three Bronte’s and some of us are familiar with all three, so I want to keep her in the forefront of our minds) is exuding in her prose makes it hard for me to believe that she never experienced it. I know people who have even been in love but never felt THAT kind of passion – it is very specific, and she writes about it so realistically that it has to come from somewhere… but where? I’m dying to know; I’m betting on a secret love affair (or maybe ‘hoping’ is the right word).
As for Heathcliff, as far as he could have a friend, I think he considered Nelly it; and as far as family, Hareton – though I can’t imagine why other than the fact that Hareton was so devoted to him. It doesn’t bother me that I don’t understand that devotion since I realize human beings are too complex to predict. Instead I find it interesting, and it broadens Hareton’s character for me. For the sake of the plot I think I am going to believe that Catherine really was haunting Heathcliff, which makes his agony all the more palpable. Can you imagine constantly seeing the love of your life but not being able to reach them, or touch them, or even interact with them in a meaningful way? What torture!
Oh, Emily, thank you for giving us this book full of complex relationships that we, on the outside, can’t understand (so realistic!), madness and hauntings (both of Catherine alone and together with Heathcliff, but even Heathcliff’s ghost smiling at Nelly and meeting her eyes before she realized it was really his corpse); and for an ending that let us take a collective breath both by knowing that Catherine and Heathcliff had found each other (and could stop the destruction of everyone obstructing their path to each other) and that Cathy and Hareton had survived it all and ended up together.
The very last paragraph of the book struck me as odd at first. It was not dramatic (which I thought it would be) and felt almost more like a beginning than an ending. Then it occurred to me – perhaps this was the beginning; the very idea that prompted the whole book! I imagined Emily, up in her moors, visiting her two oldest sisters’ or her mother’s graves and actually wondering (and envisioning) how “anyone could ever imagine unquiet slumbers for the sleepers in that quiet earth.” Oh and how she did just that, didn’t she.
Who’s Reading Along:
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Patty @ A tale of three cities
Meg @ A Bookish Affair
Ian Cann (@thebeercolonel)
- If you are participating and I don’t have you on this list, please let me know in the comments section. I did not include people who said ‘maybe’ so if you have changed your mind and are definitely reading along with us, let me know so I can add you. Also, if you are not going to be able to join us anymore please let me know and I will take you off the list.
- Comments from the previous week’s reading will be closing Thursday afternoon (before the next discussion takes place on Friday). If you would like to be part of the discussion, please remember to comment before then.
- Each week, on Friday, share your thoughts about the previous week’s reading. If you are stuck on what to comment about, you can respond to my post or others’ comments. Regardless, you MUST check in each week (two weeks without a response and you will be taken off of the list — see below for details on why). You may have only one “off week” (which may not be the last week of reading for obvious reasons) and still be kept on the list, but you must let me know in the comment section by saying something like, “I’m catching up,” or “I’m still reading.” ***for all week’s discussions please refrain from posting ahead, even if you have read ahead, as to not spoil the book for others***
- If you are a blogger you may post a link to your blog if you are posting about each of the each week’s reading. If I, or other readers, have extra time we will gladly try to visit your blog; however, you must make sure to share your thoughts here on this blog, and be part of the main conversation or your comment will not be counted.
- If you go for two weeks without commenting in my weekly update comments section, I will assume you are no longer participating and will take you off of the list (*NEW GUIDELINE*, in order to get back onthe list, you need to a.) Have missed no more than two weeks of discussion, b.) Let me know you would like to be on the list again, and c.) consistently be part of the discussion for the next two weeks after requesting to be put back on the list.). This is in no way to be discouraging, but helps to keep the read-a-long organized (and helps me remember who’s completed what read-a-long…there (ahem) might be something fun for different levels of participants at the end of the year! Thanks!